The Immortal Culprits preview

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Category:
ARTWORK
Type:
video art
Keywords:
analogue / fiction / opera / technique
Creation Date:
1988
Language:
English, Hungarian
Description:
A documented performance of a chamber opera by Gábor Litván. Two characters, Hansel and Gretchen, a Schoenberg-esque Bonnie and Clyde, are surrounded on stage by a human-sized video recording apparatus, asking (operatically): How does the video work? The libretto uses extremely technical explanations of video and heavy existential query to echo notions between experience and the meaning of life in "a world of deeds", when recording becomes an event in itself. The two characters: Hansel and Gretchen - unlike the young lover couple of Bonnie and Clyde - do not work with sawn-off shotguns. Instead of a gun they hold a video camera in their hands which, according to the importance of the situations, records memories in the frenzied moments of scattering bread-crumbs. With the murder, which is the releasing of the REC button, they turn into a closed circuit. Having escaped the peril of death though, they immediately encounter another difficulty, when they have no more choices.

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Original Title (Hungarian):
A halhatatlan tettesek
Additional Information:
Éva Várhelyi and László Haramza singing